CareerJunction has published its career Index for October 2017, with the jobs portal showing no notable changes in hiring/job search activity.
Some sectors, however, saw an uptake in jobs in recent months – including the building & construction, architecture and manufacturing & assembly sectors.
In comparison, the admin, sales, marketing and finance sectors saw a notable decrease in job postings during the same period.
Looking at changes in demand over the last 12 months, the ICT, medical & health and business & management sectors took a knock as vacancy volumes decreased significantly year-on-year.
Demand vs Supply
“The IT, business & management and finance sectors are undoubtedly most sought after sectors, followed by the sales, admin, office & support and architecture & engineering sectors, among others listed.
“When looking at active job seekers across various sectors (indicated by the Supply graph), areas of high supply correlate closely to areas of high demand, however supply outstrips demand in some areas, leading to a competitive environment for job seekers.”
According to the report, the building & construction, architecture and manufacturing & assembly sectors saw an uptake in jobs in recent months, following a period of decreasing demand.
In comparison, job volumes have decreased significantly for ICT, medical & health and business & management professionals over the last year. Year-on-year, ICT and medical & health vacancies decreased by 33%, while business & management vacancies decreased by 17%.
“Hiring activity has slowed within the fields of admin, sales, mark eting and finance in recent months,” said CareerJunction.
“As a result, demand for admin, marketing and finance professionals is lower than a year ago. Demand for sales professionals on the other hand, has increased by more than 20% year-on-year.”